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Our purpose is to provide information, support and resources to faculty and students engaged in Professional Education Programs that lead to initial and professional certification.

Our aim is also to work in partnership with faculty colleagues to address program, practice, research and policy issues relevant to the preparation of teachers and other educational specialists.

Our office also supports the work of externally funded programs, such as Peace Corps Fellows and Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC), which focus particularly on recruiting teachers for high needs schools.

We invite you to visit us or use the links provided if you need help with certification regulations and applications, student teaching and supervision materials and procedures, or other questions related to Professional Education at Teachers College.


OTE Announcements

1. The Board of Regents has approved two changes that affect certification in New York State:
1) All certificates will have an “Issued Date” which will be the date it is issued, and
2) As of October 1, 2014, the permanent certificate will no longer be available.

More information can be found at:

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2. Update on the implementation of several revised Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)
The New York State Education Department continues to revise each of our Content Specialty Tests, including our multi-subject certification examination.  Per regulation, students will be required to take the
revised CSTs as they become operational.  In May 2014, several revised Content Specialty tests were scheduled to be implemented. However, in order to provide additional time for students and faculty to prepare for the revised tests, the Department has determined that the implementation date of these
revised CST’s will be September 2014.

More information can be found at:

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3. Certification Requirements Starting in 2014
* Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will be required to pass the following new exams in order to obtain an initial teaching certificate in New York: Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), Educating All Students Test (EAS), Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and the Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST).

* If you will be graduating in the May of 2014 or thereafter, do NOT take any of the current exams.

* In addition to the new exams, candidates applying for initial or professional certificates after Jan. 1, 2014 will be required to fulfill the new Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requirement unless you have applied and paid for an account with NYS before July 1, 2013
via: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/selfreg.html.

* Special notes: 1) The Content Specialty Test (CST) is the only exam transferable toward meeting the new certification exam requirements, 2) Candidates holding NYS initial certification prior to May 2014 will not be required to complete the edTPA or other new exams.

Please contact the Office of Teacher Education at ote@tc.edu or at 212.678.3466 with questions or concerns or click on "Events and Workshops" for a list of workshops designed to introduce or fulfill the new requirements.


4.Recruitment Announcement
-Office of Higher Education.
Position Title: Student Intern Program, Location: NYC
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- Bespoke Education, Inc
. Position Title: Tutor, Location: NYC
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